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First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The 56th annual Debutante Ball for the San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League, which recognized 27 women from the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021, was held recently at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Pictured are Isabella Giardina (front, from left), Grace Davis, Emma Cates, Margaret Saldebar, Lauren Ginn, Mackenzie Dawes, Leia Sun and Ella Graham. Middle: Katrina Khonsari, MaryJane Ary, Reese Chapman, Lily Snaer, Amelia Loewel, Katherine Collins, Anna Moller, Charlotte Sohl, Hailey Yoo, Blake Pak and Skyler Pak. Back: Erin Hill, Alina Sanok, Peyton Talt, Anne Pascale, Thayer Talt, Clancy Karr and Leily Rossi. Not pictured: Nicola Iannelli. See additional photos, page 6.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

With San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League’s ball season underway, the class of 2026 recently hosted incoming Debutante Ball parents for a special evening. 
At the event at the San Marino home of Richard and Sean Lord, parents of girls being presented from the classes of 2020 and 2021 enjoyed an outdoor, Italian-themed dinner and brushed up on their ballroom dancing skills. Twenty-four young women will be presented at the upcoming annual Debutante Ball on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.  
The chapter, which is in its 61st year, fosters mother-daughter relationships while upholding a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The chapter helps support 20 local philanthropies and provides scholarships to underprivileged female high school seniors.
For information about membership, contact Shannon Snaer at ksnaer@earthlink.net

Photo courtesy San Marino Area Chapter of NCL
Award winners Grace Davis and Gabriella Chuang flank Julie Wong Tam.

Two recent San Marino High School graduates received the Sofia Tam Spirit Award at the recent San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League Virtual Presentation and Awards Tea for the class of 2020.
Grace Davis and Gabriella Chuang received the special award, given to those who have consistently demonstrated an attitude of integrity, inclusiveness, cooperation and consideration of others.
Julie Wong Tam presented the special award, whose recipients are regarded as displaying Sofia Tam’s strength, vision, humor and dignity. Sofia died in 2013 at age 18 after a courageous battle against cancer. The Ticktockers in her class said Sofia “exemplified all that is best about NCL, our chapter and the organization.”